Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

North, South Korea agree to their first talks in two years

North, South Korea agree to their first talks in two years

The following day, Seoul offered to Pyongyang holding a senior-level, inter-governmental dialogue on January 9 at the Peace House in the truce village of Panmunjom, which straddles the heavily guarded inter-Korean land border.

The decision pushes back a set of annual military exercises known as Foal Eagle, which are usually held between February and April.

The tentative rapprochement comes after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned in his New Year's message that he had a nuclear button on his desk, but at the same time offered Seoul an olive branch, saying Pyongyang could send a team to next month's Games in South Korea.

A map of two Koreas showing North Korea's capital Pyongyang and South Korea's capital Seoul is placed at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.

Reuters reported that it was active Wednesday, with officials from the North placing a call to the South.

Asked by journalists in an impromptu encounter at the Pentagon whether delaying the military maneuvers was a quid pro quo in response to Kim's reopening of cross-border communications, Mattis said: "No".

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"They can talk with whoever they want", she said about North Korea, but made the USA requirements clear. He said there can be little doubt that worldwide pressure, including sanctions ordered by the U.N. Security Council, is having some effect on Kim's calculations. USA officials had understood the South Korean military would be heavily committed to providing logistical support for the Games. Last year, he ridiculed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for talking about negotiations with the North. No one replied, but South Korean officials realized the working day may not have begun as North Korean time has run 30 minutes behind Seoul since Pyongyang created a different time zone in August 2015.

"The fact that South Korea wants to talk to North Korea, hopefully with China chairing the meeting, is a good sign", Armstrong added.

Mr Trump took credit for brokering the talks on Twitter, however.

Earlier this week, Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said Washington had heard reports that Pyongyang might be preparing to fire another missile.

It was a response to Kim's New Year's speech in which the young leader warned the USA that he has a nuclear button on his desk at all times. "Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

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